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Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

By : Benjamin Hershleder
Book Image

Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

By: Benjamin Hershleder

Overview of this book

Avid Media Composer has become the tool of choice by editing professionals worldwide. Whether your project involves editing television programming, independent films, corporate industrials or commercials, this cookbook shows you exactly how to do so in a step-by-step and practical manner, and get the most out of Avid Media Composer editing. "Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook" is an expert, clear and logically-sequenced resource with highly effective recipes for learning Avid Media Composer essentials and beyond. It's task-based approach will help users at all experience levels gain a deeper, more thorough understanding of the software. It will help you master the essential, core editing features as well as reveal numerous tips and tricks that editors can benefit from immediately. Just some of the topics include understanding Import settings, mixing frame rates and understanding AMA (Avid Media Access), along with thorough explanations of Trim Mode, Segment Mode, and the Smart Tool. You will learn to customize your work environment with Workspaces, Bin Layouts, Timeline Views, Bin Views, Keyboard Mapping, and much more. The recipes inside are packed with practical examples, time-saving tools and methods to get you working faster and more confidently so that you can spend less time dealing with technical and operational issues and instead focusing on being creative.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook
About the Author
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Opening up the sequence using Splice with Sync Locks enabled

In the previous sections of this chapter, we've learned a lot about staying in sync without using Sync Locks, so that you can choose to use them or not. Personally, I like using Sync Locks as I find that not only do they protect me from making silly mistakes when I'm in a hurry or tired, but also in many cases allow me to perform various edits in less steps, essentially by reducing the number of tracks that I have to enable to make a Splice, an Extract, or a Ripple Trim.

This recipe, and several that follow it, discuss performing various editing operations while Sync Locks are enabled. However, before we get into the recipes themselves, let's get familiar with Sync Locks and their behavior:

  • Sync Locks are the black, diagonal lines (I call them hash marks) that appear when you click in the narrow Sync Lock Column that is immediately to the right-hand side of the Timeline Track Selectors, as pictured below. Note that in earlier releases...